If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about how happy I am to be here sharing some coffee with you today.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how exhausting this week has been. After my last day at work on Sunday (which went really well, even though it was very bittersweet), I spent Monday and Tuesday finishing up some last minute shopping and packing. Then. Wednesday.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my exhausting travel experience that began Wednesday at 12:11 Central Standard Time, when my flight from Minneapolis to Chicago took off. From Chicago, I flew to Hong Kong–where I had an exhausting 11 hour layover. I barely slept at all and I wrote this rather unenthused post. Then. Finally, I boarded the plane for Chiang Mai, and before I knew it I was in Thailand.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how rough these first few days have been. I live in what is possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I haven’t been able to properly enjoy it because culture shock hit me so hard pretty much immediately upon arrival.
A combination of exhaustion and the heat (holy hell is it humid here) combined with how different the culture is here and how I feel utterly helpless when trying to communicate with the Thai people. I know I’m coming here to teach English and I do want to make an effort to communicate well with the people here, but all the stress and exhaustion that’s accumulated within the last few days has made that so difficult to even try to do so far.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I spent the whole morning crying today. I was awake at 6:00 and was going to be productive, but I just couldn’t. And I’m glad. I’m glad I got all those emotions out. I needed to let it all go. The smallest thing would make me cry–a message from someone back home, even thinking about something from back home–and that break down was something I needed. After my cry, I went back to bed until noon and when I woke up, I felt so much better. My roommate and I went to get food and we met up with some other fellow teachers while eating. I don’t feel 100% yet, and I think that will take time given that so much has happened in the last few days and I am going through culture shock, but it’s going to get better. I know it.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that so far, all my fellow teachers are amazing. I think we will end up being a really great group (there are 60 of us in the training course, so lots of people to get to know). I’m so glad I have these people for support and I think things will start to look majorly up once the training course starts tomorrow. Having some structure will definitely help in getting used to this environment.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how much I’ve missed all of you the last few days. I just got internet on my computer since the log in cards the hotel gave us are only good for one device–I had connected my phone with the first log in card I was give on Friday, when I arrived here, and just got another log in card for my computer today…so NOW I CAN BLOG!!!
If we were having coffee, I’d be dying to hear about your week. Please share. I miss you all so much. Really.
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster.